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Body Found in Trash Can in Pleasanton Identified

Ana Flores-Pineda

Ana Flores-Pineda

The May 24th trash container homicide in Pleasanton has finally seen some closure after the victim's alleged killer, Javier Pablo Sandoval was arrested early Wednesday.

The initial description of the woman found is as follows: "The coroner's office determined the woman was probably Asian or Latino with dark hair and was about 5-foot-6 and weighed about 130 pounds. She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama bottoms. She was also wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish and had three ear piercings in each ear with distinctive earrings. She had no tattoos or other markings."

The body found within the trash can has been identified as 25-year-old Ana Flores-Pineda of Stockton, who was originally located by Stockton police following a missing persons report.
According to investigators, the body had been in the trash can for "a few weeks," and as such was in a state of heavy decomposition.

Ana Flores-Pineda

Pleasanton police played a major part in ascertaining the identity of the body, working alongside Stockton detectives. They forwarded Flores-Pineda's DNA to a national database and searched dental records, also releasing a forensic anthropologist's sketch and several photographs of the victim's earrings.

A sculptor was due to create a bust of the victim before Javier Pablo Sandoval was linked to the homicide by DNA evidence and arrested.

Javier Prado Sandoval

Javier Prado Sandoval

Stockton police's public information officer stated that the motive of the murder was linked to domestic violence, and that Sandoval and Flores-Pineda were in what was referred to as "some type of relationship." It is unknown if the two were dating at the time of Flores-Pineda's death.

Further details have yet to be released, as the investigation is ongoing. Sandoval has been incarcerated in the San Joaquin County Jail for the time being, pending his trial.

This marks Stockton's 61st homicide of the year, surpassing last year's record high, standing at 58.

(Source: Pleasanton Weekly, News 10, Contra Costa Times)


Police Impersonator Sexually Assaults Woman in Pleasanton

Police Impersonator RapistA sexual assault involving the impersonation of a police officer took place on August the 5th, around 3a.m. in the morning. Police are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect.

Early Sunday morning, the 5th, the victim in the assault was driving downValley Avenueand crossing Bernal when she heard a sound like the chirp of a police siren. A flash of light from the vehicle following her led her to believe that she was being pulled over by a police officer. As such, she parked her car on a secluded area on the side of the road.

The suspect produced an imitation police badge, ordered the victim from her car, and handcuffed her. He then put her in the back seat of his vehicle and drove her to an unknown, isolated road where she was sexually assaulted and then left at the scene. Following, the victim walked to her vehicle and returned home.

The incident was not reported until several weeks after its occurrence for unknown reasons.

The victim has provided descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle. The vehicle was described as a black sedan with four doors, of unknown make and model.

The suspect, according to the victim, is a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with dark brown or black hair. He is five feet ten inches to six feet tall, weighing around 185 pounds and has a medium or muscular build.

With regards to the attire he used to impersonate an officer, he wore a dark buttoned shirt and a dark, police-like hat with a patent leather brim. Neither had police insignias.

Contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100 if you have any information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect.


Two Cases Involving Three Deaths in Pleasanton in May Still Unresolved

Police are hoping for useful information regarding two May death cases, both of which occurred in Pleasanton.

The May 7th incident in which Amy Freeman Burton (age 37) and Ainsley Freeman (age 13) were both shot in the head in their home on the Stacey Court 3200 block is to turn up forensic evidence soon. The autopsy revealed little more than the fact that Ainsley Freeman did not shoot herself, and that it is "unclear" as to whether or not Amy Freeman Burton's wound was self-inflicted.

While two unregistered pistols were found inside the home of the victims, police are withholding information on the type of pistol involved. One of the aforementioned pistols, however, was located within the general vicinity of the two dead.

The May 27th death involving a woman concealed in a trash can has gained a plethora of leads, but none have led anywhere. The department has been searching through missing persons cases, but to no avail.
The autopsy could not reveal the exact time/cause of death, though several pieces of visual and physical information were confirmed. The victim, seemingly 20-40 years old, was 5'6" and weight approximately 130lbs. She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama pants.

She had shoulder length dark hair, and is believed to be Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian with Asian traits, or Native American. Further, she was wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish, and had three piercing in each ear. Police hope that her earrings will aid in her identification.

Victim's EarringsBody Found in Trash Can in Pleasanton